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Gambling operators have been hit by Operation Creative

Written by Samuel O'Toole on 14 June 2017

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The City of London’s Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) has revealed a 87% drop in adverts for gambling operators on pirate streaming websites.

Operation Creative is run by the PIPCU and aims to disrupt illegal websites that provide pirate access to films, TV, books, music and games. New research has confirmed that it has seen success, there has been a 87% drop in adverts for licensed gambling operators on sites that infringe copyright in the last twelve months, the research was conducted by whiteBULLET, global brand safety data website.

Under the Gambling Act 2005, a key licensing objective is to “keep crime out of gambling”. Via the Infringing Website List gambling operators are provided with a list of infringing websites, the objective of the list is to stop adverts being placed on websites that infringe intellectual property.

Operation Creative was launched in 2013 to combat the funding of websites that stream illegal content and subsequently damage the UK’s creative industries.

Tim Moss, CEO of the UK Intellectual Property Office, explained that “Partnership work is clearly having a major impact on IP crime across the UK. PIPCU and the Gambling Commission have cut off yet another illicit revenue stream for unscrupulous IP thieves.”

Less revenue, by way of advertisements, for the illegal streaming websites can only mean bad news for streamers but good news for the UK’s creative industry.  

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